Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Authorities: 3 dead in helicopter crash close to Reno, Nevada

A medical helicopter crashed premature Saturday north of Reno close to the Nevada-California state line, killing three crew members aboard, officials said, AP reported.

The helicopter, an Aerospatiale AS350, crashed about 29 miles northwest of Reno in Lassen region, Calif., around 2 a.m. Saturday, according to Federal Aviation Administration orator Ian Gregor. All three people aboard were killed.

The helicopter had dropped off a patient at a Reno hospital and was recurring to its base in Susanville, Calif., Gregor said. The aircraft was smashed in the crash and fire. The cause of the crash wasn't known.

Gregor said the pilot was not communicating with air traffic controllers at the time of the accident. FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be on the prospect Saturday.

The helicopter was operated by Mountain Lifeflight out of Susanville, Gregor said. The company issued a short declaration confirming the loss of all three crew members aboard the helicopter.

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